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Messages Settings

The messages settings menu lets you control options for your text and MMS messages including message limits, size settings, and notifications.

  1. From home, tap Apps all apps icon > Messages messages icon.
  2. Tap More options options icon > Settings to configure settings:
  • Swipe to call or send messages: Make calls or send messages by swiping right or left across an item in the Conversations or Contacts tabs.
  • Enhanced messaging: Send large files to other phones which support Enhanced messages.
  • Notifications: When turned on, notifications for new messages display in the status bar. Tap On/Off to turn the setting on, and then configure options:
  • Notification sound: Choose a sound to play for new message notifications.
  • Vibrate when sound plays: Choose whether vibration plays along with the sound for new message notifications.
  • Pop-up display: Choose whether a new message pops up on the display to notify you.
  • Preview message: Show previews of new messages on the status bar and lock screens, and in pop-ups.
  • Backgrounds: Choose backgrounds and bubble styles.
  • Quick responses: Create and manage text phrases that you can add to messages.
  • Block messages: Block messages by filtering based on criteria you set. Tap Block messages, and then configure filters:
  • Block numbers: Enter telephone numbers to automatically block.
  • Block phrases: Enter text phrases to automatically block.
  • Blocked messages: View blocked messages.
  • Font size: Set the font size for messages.
  • More settings > Text messages:
  • Auto combination: Choose whether long messages that are received in multiple parts are automatically re-assembled to display as a single message.
  • More settings > Multimedia messages:
  • Group conversation: Control how messages to multiple recipients are handled. When enabled, a single message is sent to multiple recipients. When disabled, a separate message is sent to each recipient.
  • Auto retrieve: Choose whether message attachment(s) are automatically downloaded when you display a multimedia message. If you disable this option, only the message header displays in the message list, and you will be prompted to download the attachment(s).
  • Roaming auto retrieve: Choose whether message attachment(s) are automatically downloaded when your phone is outside its home network.
  • More settings > Delete old messages: Automatically delete the oldest messages when the maximum number of text (1000) and multimedia (100) messages has been exceeded.
  • Emergency alert settings: Configure emergency alert settings. You can enable or disable some alerts: Extreme Alert, Severe Alert, Amber Alert, and Emergency alert test messages. You cannot disable Presidential alerts.
  • Emergency alerts: Choose types of messages to receive. You can enable or display any of the message types, except for Presidential Alert. You can also choose to receive emergency alert test messages.

Important: The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) system provides the government the ability to send geographically targeted notifications of emergencies, such as threats to public safety, severe weather events, a hazardous material spill or a missing child in the phone user’s area.

  • Emergency notification preview: Play a sample emergency alert tone. Tap Stop to cancel the playback.
  • Vibrate when sound plays: Select vibration options for emergency message notifications.
  • Alert reminder: Configure the reminder interval.